Professor Cabrera’s Cabinet of Horrors: Secret Chambers and Shocking Artifacts with Controversial Origins
Strange humanoids. (© Walter Langbein)
An entire army of peculiarly identical actors went about their bloody business. A hundred—no, a thousand—operations or autopsies were being carried out. The figures holding the knives did not resemble compassionate physicians trying to help ailing people; no, they gave the impression of being scientists devoid of emotions, abusing human beings as guineapigs, and dissecting them with the curiosity of researchers. Are the ‘surgeons’ human beings at all? Their features seemed rather strange and exotic.
Humanoids experimenting with medical procedures? (© Walter Langbein)
Or performing surgery? (© Walter Langbein)
I saw hundreds, even thousands of such creatures in Professor Cabrera’s secret corridor. They were standing closely packed, side by side. I ought to have had the required weeks at my disposal to photograph each individual piece. Inside dusty cardboard boxes I discovered badly damaged figurines and unidentifiable fragments. Professor Cabrera: “I can exhibit only a small part of the intact figurines in the collection. I lack the necessary time to piece together the broken ones!”
The scientist repeatedly assured me that thousands more such figurines were stored in a cave. The lack of space made it impossible for him to present more than a small fraction of his collection in the secret part of his museum. Professor Cabrera estimated that members of the indigenous population have unearthed approximately fifty thousand archaeological objects. He asserted, again and again, that he had seen about one hundred thousand such mysterious objects in the ‘subterranean tunnel’. “In order to preserve these treasures for posterity, they need to be housed in a large museum. The precious artifacts must be expertly stored, cleaned, catalogued, and exhibited under ideal conditions (temperature, humidity).”
Professor Javier Cabrera Darquea is famous around the world for his unusual archaeological collection. In 1974 Robert Charroux reported in his book L’enigme des Andes about the museum of Professor Cabrera. The English translation was published in 1977, and carried the title The Mysteries of The Andes . There is no mention of the actual sensation—Cabrera’s Cabinet of Horrors. The professor explained: “The time was not yet right!” Will the members of modern science ever address and explain the archaeological objects in Cabrera’s collection? “They must!” Professor Cabrera said. I have my doubts.
According to Cabrera, the artifacts in his museums are ‘many thousands of years old’. If they are genuine, then many parts of the human history would have to be completely re-written. For now, there are no allowances made in the annals of the human evolution for physicians who executed surgery in the ‘old Peru’ thousands of years ago. Will we ever be able to read the monstrous, mysterious figurines as if they were a book?
Figures in the secret collection. (© Walter Langbein)
Professor Cabrera was convinced of it. Maybe the clay figurines depicted human sacrifices? Did priests ritually sacrifice human beings thousands of year ago? Professor Cabrera vehemently objected to that supposition. He was a direct descendant of the founder of the town of Ica, Captain Don Gerónimo Luis de Cabrera y Toledo, as well as a respected and popular physician. “Look closely!” he replied almost harshly. “What do you see there?” And in fact, on one image, someone’s heart seemed to have been cut out of his chest. “A human sacrifice?” I asked myself. Another clay sculpture showed a human heart being medically treated. A creature held it in its hands; something that looked like a hose lead from a vein to a vessel.
Professor Cabrera pointed out another grouping. What I saw took my breath away. What did the clay statue depict? What served the artist as his template? Is one heart taken from a human body, and another person’s chest open to receive the heart? Does the sculpture depict a heart transplant?
What are the humanoids doing? (© Walter Langbein)
Astonishment prompted me to say to Professor Cabrera: “Impossible! This can only be impossible…”
Are we dealing with a fake? Because, the sculpture undoubtedly did not depict a religious human sacrifice. I must agree with Professor Cabrera. A primitive human sacrifice for gods would not look like this. The sculptures did indeed depict surgeons operating on human beings. Are they transplanting hearts? But who would have supposedly carried out heart operations in the ‘old Peru’ so many thousands of years ago, let alone heart transplants? Professor Cabrera was convinced: in the region of today’s Peru existed a highly advanced civilization, an ancient culture, long before ours.
Strange sculpture in the secret collection. (© Walter Langbein)